Wednesday, March 25, 2015

#travel2015 - greensboro, nc

I guess it means I'm an adult when my New Year's Resolutions actually become habits.  2013 was my year of travel, but this past weekend had that same vibe.  I took a couple extra days off work, and stretched out the drive to Greensboro NC for a friend's wedding.  I spent the night in Clemson, and the whole adventure was full of good friends and laughter.  Even the drive back was pretty relaxing, and exactly what I wanted.

I didn't take many pictures. but you can add Greensboro NC & Nantahala to my travel map.

Watching the kayakers
Can't wait to come back in the spring.
The map, thus far.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

march bloom day 2015

Well, this week has been a hot mess, but I did take bloom day pictures on the 15th.  I'm in a state of disbelief, but spring is finally here!!

The hellebores are happy and spreading!

The vica is blooming.
Daffodils are on my prized "survives here with no care" list.  This is the list of plants that bloomed the first year at my house, after being neglected for 20 years or so.  The idea is, plant as many of these plants as I can, so I can enjoy my yard, not be a slave to it.  My first daffodil planting was this row along my driveway.  It's was mostly mid season daffodils and a few hyacinths.  I added some early blooming daffodils from my mom's house late last spring, and they seem to have settled in nicely.  The pictures do not do it justice.

The last two daffodils are from different spots.  I really have daffodils everywhere.  The ones on the left were planted by birds or previous tenants, and this is the first year they have bloomed.  The ones on the right are by my back door, and came from my parent's house last spring.

My grandmother calls this a honeysuckle bush.  It was severely cut back by some of her renters, and is starting to recover.  It still looks like a crepe myrtle, though.  This year I'm going to do some shrub TLC, and this area is going to get some edging, compost, and mulch.  Right now it smells beautiful, and is covered in bees.

Last year was a big planting year, and the first "new" plants are coming up.  I love this little bloodroot from my grandparent's house.  I feel like it just popped up one day, and bloomed the next. I've read that it colonizes, and that ants spread the seed.  I hope it takes off.


When I got the blood root, I also got trillium.  I've never grown trillium, so I don't know much about it.  Last year it was about 8 inches tall, but so far this year it's hugging the ground.  Maybe the stalks will keep growing until it blooms?  We shall see.

That's about it for bloom day.  I didn't get a good picture of the mahonia, but it is blooming too.  Everything seems to be in good shape so far.  The fence roses look at their best since I've moved in, and the new, baby roses are putting out some new growth.  The day lilies look healthy, and I'm hoping they are settled enough to bloom this year.  The baby azaelas look happy, and new mums and peonies are showing growth.  The hostas are starting to come up, and all of my shrubby trees are putting out leaves.  If we can avoid another serious cold snap, I think it's going to be a beautiful spring!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

#tbt first daffodil - 2/14/15

This is the post where I document blooms and also remind my future self that just because the daffodils are blooming, it doesn't mean that winter is over.

2/14/15 - first blooms

2/15/15 - single digit temperatures are coming,
so I brought the blooms inside

2/26/15 - up to 10 inches of snow in spots

Come on spring, I'm ready!

Monday, February 16, 2015

february bloom day - 2015

My crocus came back! I'm not sure where it came from, but it showed up last year in my rock garden, and it came back this year.  I snapped this picture Saturday afternoon when it was nice and warm and sunny out.  I should have taken all of my pictures then, because I waited until today, and it is a cold rainy mess.  Nothing like the 3-6 inches of snowy mess we were expecting.  Oh well.  At lease I have flowers in February!!

If you've been looking around at other bloom day posts, I'm sure you've seen lots of hellebores/Christmas Roses/lenten roses.  Mine are pass along plants from my mom, planted in November 2012.  They've settled in pretty well, but they're not as full as hers are.  (My baby hellebores from this fall are growing, but no blooms yet.)

I also have daffodils blooming!  The first daffodils opened up on Saturday, just in time for the weather to turn cold, and wet.  There was a little bit of freezing rain when I took these pictures today, so I appologize the quality of the daffodil picture.  It was just too cold to try and get it just right.

Since we're looking at falling temperatures (into the single digits!) in the coming days, I pinched these blooms and brought them inside.  They make my construction zone of a kitchen a little brighter.

Happy belated bloom day everyone.  I have the really bad habit of blogging from my work computer some days.

Monday, February 9, 2015

first hellebore - 2/6/15

There are certain benchmarks for knowing when spring is coming.  The first daffodils to bloom, and to a lesser degree, the first hellebores (I still call them Christmas roses).  The hellebores don't necessarily mean that spring is almost here, but they are a sign that the garden is waking up, and it's OK to start thinking about spring.  My hellebores started to open up on Saturday, in the middle of a paining project as you can tell by my hands, and by my lunch break today, they were fully stretched out and blooming.



I do not have a career as a hand model in my future.
My more established hellebores are loaded with blooms and buds.  The new ones are just starting to put out new growth.  Even though we're not quite there yet, today feels like spring is coming.
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